High-Performance Computing Software Consultants (Graduate Wage)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Office of the Vice President for Research
Institute for CyberScience


The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) is seeking up to two High-Performance Computing (HPC) Software Consultants (Graduate Wage) to join our ICS-ACI iAsk team. ICS provides the shared cyberinfrastructure, support and advanced services, known as ICS-ACI, to foster innovation, collaboration, and increase scholarly productivity across the University. This position will have the opportunity to work with leading-edge technologies that are highly sought-after by future employers. HPC Software Consultants work in a stimulating intellectual environment that supports diverse academic and research pursuits at Penn State, one of the nation`s leading research institutions. As an HPC Software Consultant, you will work with ICS staff, faculty and research groups to assist them in advancing their research by compiling and testing software; troubleshooting issues related to a group’s research; aiding in the implementation of scientific applications and utilization of ICS-ACI; and building, testing, and administering scientific software applications on ICS-ACI. Successful candidates will be Masters or Doctoral students in good standing with the availability to work up to 20 hours/week. Preferred skills include: running scientific applications in a high-performance computing environment; knowledge and use of Linux/UNIX-based systems; optimizing and/or developing applications on Linux/UNIX-based systems; programming in compiled/scripting languages such as C/C++, Fortran, Python, Julia, R, bash; packaging software, preferably with Redhat Package Management (RPM) or Spack; experience with containers (singularity and docker); using queuing systems and schedulers (Moab, Torque, Slurm, SGE); excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate technical concepts to a non-technical audience; experience in providing customer service; preferably in a technical support/help desk environment; the ability to learn general concepts and technologies quickly and independently. To learn more about working for ICS, please visit http://ics.psu.edu/careers.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088